Bible Cities: Marah
Marah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
bitterness, a fountain at the sixth station of the Israelites
(Ex. 15:23, 24; Num. 33:8) whose waters were so bitter
could not drink them. On this account they murmured
Moses, who, under divine direction, cast into the
certain tree" which took away its bitterness, so that
drank of it. This was probably the 'Ain Hawarah, where
still several springs of water that are very "bitter,"
some 47 miles from 'Ayun Mousa.
Marah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("bitterness".) A fountain in the desert of Shur, between the
Red Sea and Sinai; Israel reached Marah three days after
crossing to the Arabian side (Exodus 15:23; Numbers 33:8). Now
Ain Huwarah, 47 miles from Ayun Muss, near the place of
crossing the Red Sea. The beneficial effect of the tree cast
into the bitter water by God's direction is probably the cause
why now this fountain is less bitter than others in the
neighborhood. The fountain rises from a large mound, a whitish
petrifaction, deposited by the water, which seldom flows now;
but there are traces of a formerly running stream. The Arabic
Huwara means "destruction", analogous to the Hebrew "bitter".
The cross is spiritually the tree which, when cast into life's
bitterest waters, sweetens and heals them (Philemon 3:8; Acts
20:24; Acts 16:23-25; Acts 5:41; Romans 5:3).
Marah in Naves Topical Bible
The first station of the Israelites, where Moses made the
bitter waters sweet
Ex 15:22-25; Nu 33:8,9
Marah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(bitterness), a place which lay in the wilderness of Shur or
Etham, three days journey distant, Ex 15:23; Nu 33:8 from the
place at which the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, and where
was a spring of bitter water, sweetened subsequently by the
casting in of a tree which "the Lord showed" to Moses.
Howarah, distant 16 1/2 hours (47 miles) from Ayoun Mousa, the
Israelites' first encampment, has been by many identified with
it, apparently because it is the bitterest water in the
Marah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ma'-ra, mar'-a (marah, "bitter"): The first camp of the
Israelites after the passage of the Red Sea (Ex 15:23; Nu 33:8
f). The name is derived from the bitterness of the brackish
water. Moses cast a tree into the waters which were thus made
sweet (Ex 15:23).
See WANDERINGS OF ISRAEL.
Marah Scripture - Exodus 15:23
And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the
waters of Marah, for they [were] bitter: therefore the name of
it was called Marah.
Marah Scripture - Numbers 33:8
And they departed from before Pihahiroth, and passed through
the midst of the sea into the wilderness, and went three days'
journey in the wilderness of Etham, and pitched in Marah.
Marah Scripture - Numbers 33:9
And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim: and in Elim
[were] twelve fountains of water, and threescore and ten palm
trees; and they pitched there.
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